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Three first-team All-Americans in 2017; Seventh consecutive year with multiple All-Americans
Award winning center Billy Price and CB Denzel Ward honored by AP this year; Nick Bosa 2nd team
Ohio State first school to have consecutive Rimington Trophy winners with Pat Elflein winning in 2016
The Buckeyes open up the 2017 campaign in Bloomington with a Big Ten clash with the Hoosiers.
The Buckeyes travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in a primetime B1G matchup.
Scenes from the Buckeyes' Big Ten opener against the Scarlet Knights.
Scenes from the Buckeyes' season opener at Ohio Stadium on September 3, 2016
Ohio State Football concludes spring practice with the LiFE Sports Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 16, 2016.
2018 NFL Draft: Billy Price was selected in the first round of the draft, the No. 21 overall selection, by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ohio State Overview: Billy Price is one of the great offensive linemen in Ohio State’s storied history. A two-time All-American, including a unanimous All-American in 2017, Price is one of just six Buckeye offensive linemen to win a major national award, joining Jim Parker, John Hicks, Orlando Pace, LeCharles Bentley and Pat Elflein with that honor. Price was named the recipient of the Rimington Trophy in 2017 as the nation’s outstanding center, giving Ohio State back-to-back winners of the award (Elflein in 2016) and the first time that has happened in the award’s history. Price also was named the Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace offensive lineman of the year in 2017. The two honors capped an outstanding career for Price, who not only was a two-time team captain, but who also set the record for starts and consecutive starts as a Buckeye with 55, respectively. He joined Elflein and Tyquan Lewis for the school record for games played, as well, at 55, meaning Price played in 55 games and started 55 times as a Buckeye. Price was a freshman starter in all 14 games in 2014 when the Buckeyes won the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship. He was a part of two Big Ten championship teams (2014 and 2017) and he also started bowl game wins over Alabama (2014 Sugar Bowl), Notre Dame (2015 Fiesta Bowl) and USC (2017 Cotton Bowl). He was the unquestioned leader along an offensive line that helped the Buckeyes rank among the Top 20 rushing teams in the nation four consecutive years, including 11th in 2016, 11th in 2015, ninth in 2014 and 17th in 2017 at 243.2 yards per game. The Buckeyes led the Big Ten in rushing three consecutive years between 2015 and 2017. In 2016 the line was one of three units nationally selected as a finalist for the Joe Moore Offensive Line of the Year Award. Price graduated in May 2017 with his degree in business administration with a specialization in operations management. He travelled to Jamaica in summer 2016 as part of the Athletic Department’s Soles4Souls program, immersing himself in the Jamaican culture while being exposed to the impact on a community that giving a pair of shoes to those in need can have. In July of that year he spent a week interning at the headquarters of NIKE, in Beaverton, Ore.
Notable: Price, who played guard for three seasons and moved to center as a senior, started 55 consecutive games at Ohio State to top Luke Fickell’s school record for starts and consecutive starts of 50, set between 1993-96. Price (along with teammate Tyquan Lewis) tied Pat Elflein’s school record for most games played by an Ohio State football player: 55.
Honors & Awards
2017: Graduated in May (business administration with specialization in operations management), Rimington Trophy winner; Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, First-team All-American (Unanimous), first-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media), Team captain, Academic All-Big Ten Conference
2016: First-team All-American (American Football Coaches Association), first-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media), Team captain
2015: Third-team All-Big Ten (coaches)
2014: Second-team freshman All-American, Academic All-Big Ten Conference, OSU Scholar-Athlete
2013: OSU Scholar-Athlete
More on Billy: Price was the Associated Press’s 2012 Division I co-defensive player of the year in the state of Ohio and a first-team all-state pick. He was a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports, Scout) and rated among the top 200 players on the Rivals 250 and a member of the ESPN 300. He helped Fitch H.S. to a 9-2 record in 2012 and to the state playoffs and also helped Fitch to the state playoffs in 2010 and 2011. Placed seventh in the discus at the 2012 Ohio outdoor state track and field meet after placing sixth in the shot and second in the weight throw indoors. Price is the son of Bill Price and Pam Lescsak. He has two younger siblings: Savannah and Andrew.